The Ship boded no good to Silver Gap as any one could tell. It had brought the plague and the flood; it brought bad crops and raids on hidden stills; it waited until its evil cargo had done its worst and then it sailed away in the night, bearing its pitiful load of dead, or its burden of fear and hate. Surely there was good and sufficient reason for dreading the appearance of The Ship, and on a certain autumn morning it appeared and soon after the two women, unknown to each other, came to Ridge House and this story began.
"I have tried to relate," explains Grayson, "the experiences of that elusive, invisible life which in every man is so far more real, so far more important, than his visible activities -- the real expression of a life much occupied in other employment." He is successful. In this, one of his most sensitive books, Grayson introduces us to his 'Woman of Forty-Five', his 'Green People', pragmatic old John Templeton, and the irascible James Howieson. Then there's Horace, "a Yankee of the Yankees, who loves nothing better than to chase his friends into corners with questions, and leave them ultimately with the impression that they are somehow less sound, sensible, practical, than he is -- and he usually proves it, not because he is right, but because he is sure...". This book is a symphony for the five senses, recognising the best in each of them.
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